The Union City Kids’ Zone GradNation Summit will use a “design thinking” approach to engage and empower students, young adult community members, parents, educators, local service providers, local business representatives, and local officials to eliminate inequities in students achievement, close the opportunity gap and increase graduation rates for all students.  The summit will utilize student and community leaders to take participants through the process of need-finding, understanding, creating, and thinking with an end result of doing (actionable outcomes) designed with our community in mind.


Design thinking is a proven and repeatable problem-solving protocol that any business or profession can employ to achieve extraordinary results; and will be incorporated throughout each phase of the summit.

Youth engagement and voice are extremely important, as well.  A youth leadership committee has been established and are a part of the summit organizing committee.  The students will be trained by Stanford’s Design Thinking team, and will be partnered with an adult mentor (also trained in the methodology of Design Thinking) to work on the planning of the summit, speaking/facilitating roles, and a part of the follow-up activities (post summit).



GradNation Summit Focus ⇒ To meet the Aspirational Student Goal


By identifying and addressing the racial and socioeconomic inequities in the community, we will ground college and career readiness in social justice, inclusion, and prosperity for all. We will identify the urgent issues and connect them to a creative and bold vision of equity and unity in order to build a just and prosperous community.


Aspirational Student Goal

Equity has been a significant part of American society, especially since Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. By pinpointing the numerous sociological and racial inequities in our community, we will educate our students with essential college and career material in social justice, diversity within inclusion, and success for all.  We visualize equity and fairness in order to build a successful unified community.  All students can feel respected and part of their community as they move towards graduation. ~ Written by NHUSD Youth


Conley-Caraballo High School

Saturday, September 24, 2016

  • Breakfast/Registration    

8:30 am - 9:00 am

  • Introductions (Timing is still being fine-tuned)

    • Introduction of Dignitaries

    • Guest Speaker/s: Assemblyman Bill Quirk, Senator Bob Wieckowski Representative, NHUSD Co-Superintendent Dr. Arlando Smith, ...

    • Keynote (Prentice Powell)

    • GradNation Video

    • UC Exceed Video

    • Q&A (whole group)

9:00 am - 10:30 am

  • Data Presentation & Data Gallery Walk (led by youth leaders)

10:30 am - 11:00 am

  • Introduction to Design Thinking (whole group)

11:00 am - 12:30 am

  • Career Fair & Lunch

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

  • Design Thinking Working Session (Small Groups)    

    • Design Thinking Share Out & Next Steps (whole group)

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

  • Celebration

    • Career Fair

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm